An AirTran flight bound for Orlando (MCO) on Friday night was diverted to Jacksonville Airport (JAX) when a male passenger locked himself in the bathroom and refused to come out.
AirTran Flight 1879 departed Atlanta International (ATL) at 9:15PM and shortly in to the flight when the incident occurred.
A passenger on the Boeing 737-700, Chris Austin, said a flight attendant told passengers the man had made a threat. Austin, human-resources manager at the Orlando Sentinel, said law officers removed the man and several people who were sitting near him toward the rear of the plane, apparently for questioning.
A witness claimed the unruly passenger said “the plane was going to blow.”
Bomb sniffing dogs were brought on board to inspect the plane and all the passengers were allowed to disembark.
The man was taken in to custody by authorities.
There were no reported injuries.